Submitted: 05-21-2003 by Andrew J. Holden
I've owned a reggae for two weeks now, and taken it out 5 times on a class II-III river, and twice on flatwater. If you want to paddle long flat lakes or rivers DO NOT buy this boat. If you want to use it for surf, or a river with some current, this boat is GREAT!
Readers can dismiss most of the bad reviews above as pretty ignorant- these are people who bought a surf boat as a pond boat or touring kayak- it's not- it's a boat designed for rivers with at least some current, or the ocean.
The boat does not track well on flatwater, but a combination of practice and SLOWING your strokes down, above all else will fix that problem. Don't use correction strokes, just slow the boat down, and try a different sort of stroke every now and then- you'll figure out what works.
On the river this boat is a gem, long enough to ride out a big wave pretty easily, but with enough flotation and maneuverability to make it a lot of fun. It's particularly good as a sit-on-top at 'diving' down into a big hole, or over a drop- it pops back up right away, and stays stable too.
I definitely recommend it for anyone who has a river with a few rapids nearby. You'll want to put a seat in it likely (there's a great strapping one available), because, as with most sit-on-tops, the carved seat has little back support. With the seat in, it's the most comfortable boat I've ever owned. It's very easy to stretch your legs etc, without affecting the boats stability- especially in current.
I'm a VERY HAPPY BUYER, and hope that you will purchase the boat only if it's best for what you intend to do.